With the holidays under your loosened belt, you’re gearing up for many more celebrations…and piles of seasonal comfort food. If you don’t mind, I’d like to be totally candid with you today. Sure, I could write you a “feel good” article about cutting back a few calories and exercising a few minutes each day, but I’d rather be perfectly frank (and truly helpful).
Here’s the real deal: You abuse food!
That’s right. You’re overweight because you eat too much, and you eat too much because it brings immediate pleasure.
I am here to point out that this pleasure comes at high price…
The other side of comfort food: You’ve heard dishes being referred to as ‘comfort food’-some restaurants even have an entire section of their menu designated as comfort food. But comfort food is more than just a hearty dish.
Could you relate to any of the above? Most of us tend to gravitate toward a particular form of comfort food. For many women it’s chocolate or other sugary treats. For men it often takes a saltier form.Think of the last time you ate for pleasure rather than nourishment. Why’d you do it?
Out of Habit: Your body loves routine. If you always snack while watching television then you’d probably find it hard to relax without going through that munching motion. The good news is that once you break the cycle your body will quickly adapt to a healthier routine.
To Change Your Mood: Does the thought of a cupcake bring a smile to your lips? How about a large pizza to lift your mood? Pay attention to the emotions that trigger you to overeat-you may be surprised how often you use food to feel better.
Because Everyone’s Doing It: Who can resist comfort food when it’s offered among friends? Peer pressure doesn’t just apply to teenagers-it’s another reason to overeat. Remember that true friends will support your decision to refrain.
Can you remember how you felt after you last filled up on comfort food? If you’re honest, you’ll admit that the stuffed and bloated feeling was downright awful. So why do it?
Come on, where have your eating habits gotten you?
Most people don’t realize it, but the battle to overcome your eating habits is decided by a single body part-and it’s not your mouth. (Your mouth is simply a puppet.)It’s your brain. Once you’ve made up your mind, for better or for worse, you can bet that your body will obey your decision to the letter. You’ve proven it time and time again.
So make the decision to give up your unhealthy dependence on comfort food.
There is no better time than now.
Making a change is hard to do on your own, that’s why we’re here and committed to helping you every step of the way.
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